Election Roundup: Detroit Voters Elect 1st White Mayor in 4 Decades

By Corey Williams | 11/8/2013, 1:26 p.m.
When Mike Duggan recites the oath of office in January as Detroit’s first white mayor in four decades, he may ...
Minneapolis council-elect Abdi Warsame. Photo courtesy of AP.

He will become the first Democratic mayor of New York City in a generation when he take office Jan. 1.

Bloomberg, who first ran as a Republican and later became an independent, guided the city through the U.S. financial meltdown and the aftermath of 9/11. He is leaving office after three terms.

Though polling shows New Yorkers largely approve of Bloomberg’s policies, those same surveys revealed the city was hungry for a change.

"Today you spoke loudly and clearly for a new direction for our city," de Blasio told a rollicking crowd of supporters at the YMCA in his home neighborhood of Park Slope, Brooklyn, a far cry from the glitzy Manhattan hotel ballrooms that usually host election night parties.

De Blasio, 52, reached out to New Yorkers from the city’s four outer boroughs, who he contended were left behind by the often Manhattan-centric Bloomberg administration. He pledged to improve economic, educational and quality-of-life opportunities in minority and working-class neighborhoods.

He decried alleged abuses under the police department’s stop-and-frisk policy that allows police to question people deemed suspicious. De Blasio enjoyed a surge when a federal judge ruled that police had unfairly singled out blacks and Hispanics.

A white man married to a black woman, de Blasio also received a boost from a campaign ad featuring their son, a 15-year-old with a big Afro hairstyle.

He will need the capital from his commanding victory to tackle his signature campaign promise: to raise taxes on the wealthiest New Yorkers in order to fund universal early education known as pre-kindergarten.

Associated Press writers Jonathan Lemire, Jennifer Peltz and Michael Casey contributed to this report.

First Somalian Elected to City Council

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) - The first Somali has been elected to the Minneapolis City Council.

The Star Tribune reports Abdi Warsame secured 64 percent of first-place votes for the seat Tuesday. He defeated 12-year Council Member Robert Lilligren, a member of the White Earth Band of Ojibwe.

The 35-year-old left Somalia as a child and spent much of his life in England. He moved to Minneapolis in 2006 and heads the tenant association for the Riverside Plaza, the high-rises that house 4,000 East Africans.

The newspaper reported Warsame is now the highest elected Somali in the country, but didn’t specify how it knows that.